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- Erschienen: 03.2003
- Versandfertig innert 1-2 Werktagen.
Erschienen bei: Elsevier LTD, Oxford
- Aus der Reihe: «Academic Press»
- ISBN-10: 0-12-219141-2
- Einband: gebunden,
- Seitenzahl: 440
- Gewicht: 989 g
- Sprache(n): Englisch
Kurzbeschreibung zu "Modern Cosmology"
Cosmology, the attempt to understand the nature and history of the universe and all it contains, is the largest and broadest conceivable subject in science. Over the last decade, cosmology has emerged as a mature science. Theories of the universe are now well developed, and there is more data than ever before. Therefore, many of the old cosmology books are obsolete.
Twenty years ago, theorists and observers agreed that the early universe was basically smooth, but they could not agree on how the clumps (inhomogeneities), such as galaxies, emerge from this smoothness (anisotropies). Today scientists agree that the deviations from smoothness -- anisotropies and inhomogeneities -- can be both measured observationally and understood theoretically. It is these deviations to which Modern Cosmology, and indeed much of cosmological research, is devoted.
Beschreibung von "Modern Cosmology"
Modern Cosmology begins with an introduction to the smooth, homogeneous universe described by a Friedman-Robertson-Walker metric, including careful treatments of dark energy, big bang nucleosynthesis, recombination, and dark matter. From this starting point, the reader is introduced to perturbations about an FRW universe: their evolution with the Einstein-Boltzmann equations, their generation by primordial inflation, and their observational consequences. These consequences include the anisotropy spectrum of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) featuring acoustic peaks and polarization, the matter power spectrum with baryonic wiggles, and their detection via photometric galaxy surveys, redshift distortions, cluster abundances, and weak lensing. The book concludes with a long chapter on data analysis.
Modern Cosmology is the first book to explain in detail the structure of the acoustic peaks in the CMB, the E/B decomposition in polarization which may allow for detection of primordial gravity waves, and the modern analysis techniques used on increasingly large cosmological data sets. Readers will gain the tools needed to work in cosmology and learn how modern observations are rapidly revolutionizing our picture of the universe.
Provides foundations, calculations, and interpretations which illuminate current thinking in cosmology
Covers the major advances in cosmology over the past decade
Includes over 100 unique, pedagogical figures
Rezension zu "Modern Cosmology"
"...I like the choice of topics and detailed derivations of some of the basic processes which cannot be found in any other textbook and which really make this book a textbook out of which one can actually learn something. Examples include detailed derivation of inflationary spectrum, Boltzmann equation etc. ... I also like the extensive list of problems at the end of each chapter. This is a great textbook that is long overdue given the importance of the subject..."
- Uros Seljak, Princeton University
"This book is very up to date and gives excellent treatments of structure formation...This provides what is the most complete such description in an textbook."
- Paul H. Frampton, Universtiy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CERN COURIER (Oct 2003)
"(In) Dodelson's Modern Cosmology we have recently obtained an appropriate textbook for the dawn of this new epoch...In a sense, this book is postmodern cosmology (with an affirmative connotation!), in being the first to consider the new wave of challenges for this oldest scientific philosophical pursuit...it provides an excellent introduction to some of the most dynamical areas in physics and astronomy, very likely to remain attractive for at least a couple of decades."
- Milan M. Cirkovic, Astronomical Obervatory of Belgrade, FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICS (Oct 2003)
"Dodelson writes well and the mathematical derivations are generally well laid out and easy to follow. Useful sets of exercises appear at the end of each chapter, along with suggestions for further reading, often with amusing commentaries. New graduate students, Dodelson's intended audience should find it easy to learn from this book."
-George Efstathiou, University of Cambride, England (July 2004)
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